Teacher Roster

EMILY ZIMMERMAN

  • School: Technology, Engineering and Communications High School
  • Teaches: Social Studies and Leadership
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

JENNIFER BROADSTONE

  • School: Echo Lake Elementary
  • Teaches: PreK to 12 Physical Therapist
  • Favorite Player: Pete Carroll

NICOLE BROWN

  • School: Lakeridge Elementary
  • Teaches: 2nd Grade
  • Favorite Player: Richard Sherman

CHRISTINA SMAJIC

  • School: Hazelwood Elementary
  • Teaches: Kindergarten
  • Favorite Player: Bobby Wagner

JOSH BERG

  • School: Beaver Lake Middle School
  • Teaches: 6,7,8th grade TechSmart/ASB/Leadership
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

REID SUNDBLAD

  • School: Chinook Middle School
  • Teaches: 7th Grade PE
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

GAIL MILLER

  • School: Issaquah Valley Elementary
  • Teaches: First Grade
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

DAVID HUFF

  • School: McKnight Middle School
  • Teaches: 6th through 8th Grade Technology Teacher
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

KATIE GREVE

  • School: Roosevelt High School
  • Teaches: Language Arts, Theater
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

TIM SCOTT

  • School: Auburn Mountainview High School
  • Teaches: Engineering, CAD, Robotics, Woodshop
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

ELIZABETH DOLAN

  • School: Ingraham High School
  • Teaches: History and Theory of Knowledge
  • Favorite Player: Michael Bennett

MAYA VERGIEN

  • School: Interlake High School
  • Teaches: Counselor
  • Favorite Player: Michael Bennett

MELISSA SERGIS

  • School: Lakeland Hills Elementary School
  • Teaches: 1st grade
  • Favorite Player: Doug Baldwin

CONNIE GUINN

  • School: Cascade View Elementary School
  • Teaches: Kindergarten
  • Favorite Player: Doug Baldwin

NATHAN MADDOX

  • School: Hazen High School
  • Teaches: Geometry/Math Analysis
  • Favorite Player: Earl Thomas

SUSAN HARPER

  • School: Apollo Elementary School
  • Teaches: Reading Teacher
  • Favorite Player: Jermaine Kearse

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EMILY ZIMMERMAN

  • School: Technology, Engineering and Communications High School
  • Teaches: Social Studies and Leadership
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

"All of Emily Zimmerman's work is informed by her commitment to improving students' lives. She is a dedicated teacher who has high expectations of her students and who provides the support to help them reach those expectations, using inquiry to engage them in deep learning about the world and their place in it," said Bethany Sjoberg, a teaching colleague. "Emily also has served as the ASB advisor for several years and is passionate about student leadership that creates school unity and student empowerment. She attends annual leadership conferences in order to learn more about growing leadership programs, and brings back knowledge and resources to use at our school." Sjoberg nominated Zimmerman for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.

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JENNIFER BROADSTONE

  • School: Echo Lake Elementary
  • Teaches: PreK to 12 Physical Therapist
  • Favorite Player: Pete Carroll

"Jennifer Broadstone works with students across the Shoreline school district who have physical challenges that interfere with their ability to access their education. Over the course of her career as a school-based physical therapist, she has worked with hundreds of students, families, teachers and administrators," said district colleague Barbara Bender. "Teachers and administrators rely on Jennifer for her knowledge of a student's physical disabilities and how best to modify activities and environments so that he or she can be fully integrated into school programs. Parents often rely on Jennifer to help them better understand their child's condition or special equipment needs. Students love Jennifer because she is a cheerleader for them, and they have fun with her as she encourages them to go as far as they can go in spite of their physical limitations." Bender nominated Broadstone for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.

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NICOLE BROWN

  • School: Lakeridge Elementary
  • Teaches: 2nd Grade
  • Favorite Player: Richard Sherman

"Nicole Brown's second-graders hit the ground running from the beginning of the school year. During the first week of school, she sets high, clear and consistent expectations," said Lakeridge Elementary School teaching colleague Laretha Todd. "When visiting Nicole's classroom, you can't help but be in awe. You will witness a highly skilled educator guiding her students to reach their highest potential with just the right amount of support. Her second-graders come into my third grade classroom with great number sense, great reading and writing skills, and cooperative learning skills which support students in all subject areas." Todd nominated Brown for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.

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CHRISTINA SMAJIC

  • School: Hazelwood Elementary
  • Teaches: Kindergarten
  • Favorite Player: Bobby Wagner

"Christina Smajic is a ball of light at Hazelwood Elementary. She always has a smile on her face and encouraging words to say. I feel fortunate that my daughter is in her kindergarten class and that I have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside her as a substitute teacher and school volunteer," said Nancy Polston. "Ms. Smajic is an extraordinary teacher. My five-year-old daughter loves going to school so much that on a day she was home sick, she cried and said, 'But, Ms. Smajic needs me. I have to go to school!'" Polston nominated Smajic for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.

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JOSH BERG

  • School: Beaver Lake Middle School
  • Teaches: 6,7,8th grade TechSmart/ASB/Leadership
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

"Mr. Berg takes a leadership role with colleagues and can be counted on to hold the highest standards of honesty and integrity," said Marilee Bosshart, assistant principal. "Active in serving all students in his role as the 6th grade Tech Smart teacher, he has the privilege of connecting with every single student that passes through Beaver Lake. He uses this as an opportunity to build connections with every student, regardless of their background, challenges or circumstances. Just as our mission statement reflects having a place for everyone at BLMS, Mr. Berg embodies that in the classroom and beyond." Cho and Bosshart nominated Berg for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.

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REID SUNDBLAD

  • School: Chinook Middle School
  • Teaches: 7th Grade PE
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

"Reid Sundblad is a mentor to Chinook Middle School's students and staff. Distinguished with instruction and learning, he's created an environment for physical fitness and healthy living that does not go unnoticed," said Principal Karin Jones. "As a member of the school’s leadership team, Reid took the lead to address a growing concern about the need to interrupt the cycle of suspensions and failing grades for many of our young men of color, particularly our male Latino students. Reid recognized that there would be no magic bullet and understood that much can be accomplished by building strong relationships with students and their families - and set out to do this." Jones nominated Sundblad for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.

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GAIL MILLER

  • School: Issaquah Valley Elementary
  • Teaches: First Grade
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

"Gail Miller always goes the extra mile for her first-graders. She continually looks for new and interesting ways to differentiate her students' learning experience so they can build up their learning skills and feel successful," said Cheryl Churchill, a teaching colleague. "One example is how Gail works with students whose primary language isn't English. She'll create personalized books to help them learn the names of important parts of school- taking pictures of the child and friends, learning targets like math or reading, and various areas around the school, and then labeling them in both in English and native language. Gail spends a huge amount of her personal time connecting with these students and their parents, finding the best ways to communicate and to make the student and their families feel connected and a part of their school community." Churchill nominated Miller for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.

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DAVID HUFF

  • School: McKnight Middle School
  • Teaches: 6th through 8th Grade Technology Teacher
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

"Mr. Huff is an amazing teacher in the classroom, but he also spends countless hours volunteering his time as the mentor and coach to the McKnight robotics team and club," adds Michele Hintz, also the parent of a student. "Three years ago, McKnight Middle School didn't have a robotics club. Because of student interest in the subject, Mr. Huff got a club up and running. The team has done exceptionally well in a very short time competing against more well-established middle school and high school clubs. In the process, they have learned amazing skills in programming, coding, construction, engineering, design, problem-solving and teamwork. The robotics team's motto is 'gracious professionalism.' Mr. Huff expects this from his students-and models it every single day." DeBartolo and Hintz nominated Huff for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.

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KATIE GREVE

  • School: Roosevelt High School
  • Teaches: Language Arts, Theater
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

"Ms. Greve demonstrates to her students how much she cares about them- consistently teaching interesting, relevant information and encouraging students to work hard and improve, regardless of the level they may be at," said Emily Louden, a former student. Louden nominated Greve for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.

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TIM SCOTT

  • School: Auburn Mountainview High School
  • Teaches: Engineering, CAD, Robotics, Woodshop
  • Favorite Player: Russell Wilson

"Tim Scott believes in his students and connects with them on a personal level. He has a hands-on approach of teaching, demonstrating his skills to students rather than just lecturing. I know of more than one student who has taken one of his classes specifically because he is the teacher," said Becky Clowers, the parent of an Auburn Mountainview student. Clowers nominated Scott for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.

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ELIZABETH DOLAN

  • School: Ingraham High School
  • Teaches: History and Theory of Knowledge
  • Favorite Player: Michael Bennett

"Elizabeth Dolan works harder than any teacher I have ever met - often working through lunch and breaks to help students with difficult assignments or other issues they may be facing, and then staying late after school to plan her lessons. She puts her heart and soul into her teaching," said Sydney Neumann, a former student. Neumann nominated Dolan for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.

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MAYA VERGIEN

  • School: Interlake High School
  • Teaches: Counselor
  • Favorite Player: Michael Bennett

Miss Vergien is the person at Interlake you can go to if a kid needs a little extra push with a college admissions department. With seeing kids be the first in their family to go to college as a deeply personal issue, Miss Vergien has personally seen to it that countless Interlake students have had the chance to get that acceptance letter in the mail and be the first generation to step on a University campus or enroll in a trade school. She will advocate for the right ones that truly just need a break and Interlake students know that when Miss Vergien goes to bat for them that if she can't get someone off a wait list, nobody can.

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MELISSA SERGIS

  • School: Lakeland Hills Elementary School
  • Teaches: 1st grade
  • Favorite Player: Doug Baldwin

"Ms. Sergis will always be a 'hero' to the Huffman family. She worked tirelessly and lovingly to make sure that first grade was the special experience it should be for our daughter, Avery, who was fighting terminal brain cancer," said Brandon Huffman. "Whether it was making sure that Avery was physically and socially comfortable in the classroom after losing her mobility, or spending countless hours in our home teaching her when she was too ill to attend class, Ms. Sergis was there for Avery-and for us-every day." Huffman nominated Sergis for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.

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CONNIE GUINN

  • School: Cascade View Elementary School
  • Teaches: Kindergarten
  • Favorite Player: Doug Baldwin

"This is Connie's first year with a kindergarten class after several years teaching older elementary school students. I've no doubt that she will bring the same unconditional love and commitment she always has - knowing her role as teacher is so very important and that what she does and says reflects on her students," said Jennifer Lundeen. Lundeen nominated Guinn for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.

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NATHAN MADDOX

  • School: Hazen High School
  • Teaches: Geometry/Math Analysis
  • Favorite Player: Earl Thomas

"Mr. Maddox never fails to add depth to his daily math lessons and make the connection to why we study math and its relevance to the real world. This approach helps students like myself learn difficult material at a fast pace," said Hazen High student Amy Chin. Chin nominated Maddox for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.

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SUSAN HARPER

  • School: Apollo Elementary School
  • Teaches: Reading Teacher
  • Favorite Player: Jermaine Kearse

"Susan Harper gives the gift of reading to her students. As Apollo Elementary's reading specialist, she not only works with students that need more help, she helps build their confidence. She teaches them how to be responsible and how to be a learner," said Cassie LaFranchi, a teaching colleague. LaFranchi nominated Harper for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom award.